Motivational Speakers: Finding the Best

The Secret of Your Success? Finding the Best Motivational Speaker for Your Next Events

So-called motivational speakers are always in high demand, and can command top dollar because what they offer – encouragement, inspiration, and motivating ideas – will work wonders with your audience. But really, every speaker you hire on every topic better be a motivator or you’ll find your event a bore.

On a very basic level, we’re all looking for motivation. In fact, why would you consider hiring anyone speaking on any topic who isn’t at the core motivational? No matter what the topic, time, place or audience: The best motivational speakers bring out the drive and inspire us to the determination that we all have within – the inner desire to do more, to be strive to be better, and to travel to new places, scale the heights.

Motivational SpakersWhen you’re considering hiring a motivational speaker for your event, you need to first think about what, specifically you want the end result to be.  In other words, what do you want your audience to get out of the experience? How should they ‘feel’ after it’s over? What are you looking for in that exit or after experience survey?

Sure, it’s easy to say that you’re looking for “Motivation,” but hiring a professional speaker offers aa wide range of amazing choices for you to bring in for your group. For example, if business has been hectic and now your ‘busy season’ is over, you may want someone to motivate your employees and boost morale – to raise spirits, pump up the energy, and leave them feeling enthused and rejuvenated. Or, you may need a speaker who can offer tangible lessons, a talk that can teach, instruct, train, and develop your group for the changes ahead.

For example, I often work with real estate professionals who want an edge when it comes to growing their practices. In many of my talks, I offer specific tips and techniques that the agents can put into place immediately to improve their businesses, find new clients, and take better care of their current clients.

Your audience might not even be in sales much less real estate, but they need to get out there and network. Most people are inherently shy and you need a motivational speaker who can take that group, get them out of their seats, their ‘comfort zone’ and actually talking to each other!

Once you’ve decided on the purpose of the presentation, you will then need to locate professional speakers who have the ‘message’ you want your audience to hear. Some use comedy to bridge the gap between the speaker and the audience. Others tell stories and use anecdotes, which can be very powerful and meaningful. The manner of the presentation may differ as well, along with the length. Consult with the speaker you are considering to find the best approach for your event. Most speakers have more than one way to deliver the program, so be sure that you’re as specific as possible when describing your goals.

The best motivational speakers uplift and captivate an audience, teaching them valuable lessons and impart wisdom – mixed with a touch of humanity. Choosing the right speaker for your next event is vital to the success of your endeavor. Take the time to research who is available and following these tips, you will make the right choice. :

 

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10 Simple Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Taking yourself and your business from a concept to success is a simple matter of rubbing the magic lamp and calling up the favors of the Start-Up Genie. NOT! Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes some old-school hard work and persistence.

Entrepreneur, business coachingWhile all successful entrepreneurs are unique most share similar characteristics:

  1. Love what you do. This is an ALL IN concept. Passion is key to keeping your business strategy moving forward and not becoming stagnant.
  1. Take baby steps. Just like your mom said: Look before you Leap! Jumping in is rarely a smart first step. Being cognizant of Risk Management is essential.
  2. Learn from others. A successful entrepreneur almost has always worked in their field of choice before striking out on their own. If you’re going into a new area – look for a mentor, actually more than one, to be available to guide you through the rough patches and to appreciate your achievements, too!
  3. Learn how to self-promote. No, it doesn’t make you an ego-maniac to be a self-promoting genius. Confidence and a good elevator speech can take a casual conversation to a meeting to a sale painlessly. People do business with people they like and can relate to at the first contact.  As the founder you are the Face of your enterprise. Don’t be afraid to ask for business, but always keep the needs of the client in the forefront of your mind, conversations and actions.
  4. Constantly take action. Entrepreneurs are the energizer bunnies of the business world, we’re the real movers and shakers. Don’t get lost in the weeds of analysis paralysis! . There is no place for procrastination in a startup. It’s a 24/7, no-vacation-or-sick-days kind of job that demands constant forward momentum.
  1. Make a plan. Review the plan on a regular schedule (daily in the beginning, weekly, monthly then on to quarterly) A successful business plan does not have to be a dusty, dense tome. A 10-page plan is digestible yet long enough to include everything you need to start or to share with a potential investor/lender/partner.
  2. Build a reputation.  We live and die on our good name and reputation. Actions will speak loudly so make sure you’re using your time wisely. If you’re going to volunteer be sure that you show up and do what you agreed to do. According to Brandi Bennett at HostGator.com, maintaining a blog on a well-hosted website, and volunteering your time and skills, shows instead of tells the community that you’re sincere, and thereby builds expertise and trust.
  3. It’s never too late to start. Many successful entrepreneurs started later in life. J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter author), Julia Child (chef), and Sam Walton (Wal-Mart) all started their wildly successful brands after they were comfortably along in their lives. Having the experience that comes with age can give you a unique outlook on your business and the stamina to take it to the TOP!
  4. Build your “A team”. Having a team on board, a group of mentors and the ability to call upon other professionals is invaluable in laying the groundwork for your company to thrive. Don’t look for YES, look for innovation, challenges and the spark of creativity.
  1. Be mindful of your attitude. YOUR attitude is what sets the tone every day. Success largely depends on “owning” your mistakes and accepting blame in stride, seeking solutions and implementing change. Owning up to and facing challenges head-on is what true Leadership is all about.

Lastly, starting a business can wreak havoc on your health and personal life. YOU have to survive to thrive – take care of yourself mentally and physically or you’ll be useless to everyone.

Watch this space for more valuable information – feel free to contact me directly for coaching or advice.

I wish you good luck and much success as an entrepreneur!
Joanne Chando

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Why Do You Need a Real Estate Coach?

If you are a real estate professional, you could be a Realtor with decades of experience – or a brand-new agent newly licensed.

Regardless of your experience, you’ve probably already realized that being a successful real estate professional will take time, effort and more education than you received in pre-licensing!This is an extremely competitive business; you’ll have to work long hours initially in order to be successful.

Experience teaches real estate pros a tremendous amount of useful information – things to do, things to say, the right way to run a business – over the years. But it takes time to learn what you need to know, successsful veteran REALTORS® are learning every day. That’s because the market is constantly changing and evolving.

What if you could find a way to learn more efficiently and abundantly? What if you could find a method that would allow you to learn the tips and tricks that every successful REALTOR® knows, so you can use them to boost your own business.

By hiring a real estate coach, you can do exactly that.

What a Real Estate Coach Offers You

A real estate coach, above all, is a trusted advisor and mentor.

If you’ve ever played sports or acted in a play, you know what a good coach can do for you. They guide you, shape you, instruct you, encourage you, motivate you, and steer you in the right direction. They help you build on your strengths and identify your weaknesses so you can correct them. And they give you an invaluable outside perspective to help you evaluate yourself.

A coach in real estate is no different. Everyone can benefit from having a partner in success. There is always something to learn, and always something to improve. A real estate coach can help you identify those areas and build on them so you can expand your practice, use your time more efficiently and effectively, make more money with less work and become a much better REALTOR®

This is especially true if you’re just starting out. New agents can benefit tremendously from having an experienced hand at the wheel. Trust in a coach and you’ll learn the lessons you’ll need to learn faster and with fewer growing pains than you would otherwise.

At the end of the day, the coach offers you the chance to become more affluent and more successful, which results in a better lifestyle for you and your family. That is the main reason to work with a coach – to get better and live better.

If you’ve never considered hiring a real estate coach, you should – it can be the one thing you do this year to bring your business to new levels and new heights. Contact me for more information, and take the next step toward even more success.

How to Choose the Right Keynote Speaker for Your Next Event

Keynote speakers set the right impression for business events and finding the right person is important. They essentially decide the fate of the success of the event. The very first thing to take care is to make good identification of the theme of the event and/or speech.

Additionally, here are some helpful suggestions that would help in finding the suitable kind of keynote speaker.

• Budget

Budget is a significant factor in making selection of the right kind of keynote speaker for an event. While different speakers can command a variety of fee structures dependent on many variables, you’ll want to make sure your budget is realistic. Budget at least a range of $2,500 – 5,000 to start; you may need to adjust this up or down as you start to pinpoint specific needs for your event and audience.

• Set clear goals for the event and potential speaker first

Have clear identification of the goal and the purpose of the speech and event prior to the start of your search, as this will make the search and hiring process much easier.

• If possible, meet potential speakers in person first

Once you’ve narrowed down some choices, be sure to set up appointment to meet in person. If you can attend an event showcasing that speaker, better yet; you’ll be able to see what and how it’s being delivered. Either way, you’ll want to meet any potential hire in person and try to gauge his/her talent beforehand.

• Don’t always go with recommendations

If any recommendations come your way, don’t follow them blindly. Even if a keynote speaker is being heartily referred by a colleague, consider the referral but make a thorough check before hiring the person as you would with any other potential speaker.

• Ask for sample work

There are many freelance keynote speakers that offer their independent services with samples. Their sample speeches can typically be requested or found on a speaker’s website. Be sure to check out samples and/or Keynote descriptions.

• Speaking skills

A good speaker will keep your audience engaged and entertained through their speaking skills, as well as their content. The formula to key to finding the best speaker is content + talent = audience excitement!

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I would love to meet you and discuss your next event! Contact me now!

Best regards,
Joanne